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pla·za

 (plä′zə, plăz′ə)
n.
1. A public square or similar open area in a town or city.
2.
a. A widened roadway forming the approach to tollbooths on a highway.
b. A parking or service area next to a highway.
3. A shopping center.

[Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *plattea, from Latin platea, broad street; see place.]
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plaza

(ˈplɑːzə; Spanish ˈplaθa)
n
1. (Human Geography) an open space or square, esp in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country
2. (Commerce) chiefly
a. a modern complex of shops, buildings, and parking areas
b. (capital when part of a name): Rockefeller Plaza.
[C17: from Spanish, from Latin platēa courtyard, from Greek plateia; see place]
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pla•za

(ˈplɑ zə, ˈplæz ə)

n., pl. -zas.
1. a public square or open space in a city or town.
2. a complex of stores, banks, movie theaters, etc.; shopping center.
3. an area along an expressway where public facilities, as service stations and rest rooms, are available.
[1675–85; < Sp < Latin platea street < Greek plateîa broad street. See place]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaza - a public square with room for pedestriansplaza - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
2.plaza - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisersplaza - mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls"
food court - an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods
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Translations

plaza

[ˈplɑːzə] N
1. (= public square) → plaza f
2. (US) (= motorway services) → zona f de servicios; (= toll) → peaje m
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plaza

nPiazza f; (US: = shopping complex) → Einkaufszentrum or -center nt
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Yesterday, Plaza Mayor was a sea of red flags and singing fans as the travelling supporters got into the party spirit.
The restoration of Plaza de Roma (formerly Plaza McKinley and before then, Plaza Mayor) was an early Intramuros Administration project.
Botin, located on a tiny street behind Plaza Mayor, was founded in 1725 and is the oldest restaurant continuously operating in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
For its Monday schedule, Padre Pio's relic will be brought to the UST Plaza Mayor in front of the main building for a mass to be led by Kalookan bishop Ambo David.
Some of the places she visited were the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Palas de Rei town in Galicia and the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim route turned hiking destination.
One of the places that add to the unique Madrid tourism industry is this structure, Plaza Mayor. It is a spellbinding structure from the external appearance to the internal enrichments that it is equipped with.
In between you stay in Salamanca whose magnificent Plaza Mayor is a joy to behold.
For anyone who has visited Madrid, the mention of Cibeles, the Calle de Alcala, the Plaza Mayor, and the Palacio Real re-create the authenticity of a city and its people.